NCsoft: “Huge” 2011 reveals, “major gamescom presence”

By Johnny Cullen, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 11:49 GMT

While NCsoft showed slips in both profit and revenue for the first quarter today, the company has told VG247 it plans to “steal headlines” at gamescom in August and has massive plans for 2011.

“Great games, great community support and real investment in ongoing game development is what lies behind the strength of these results,” NCsoft Europe sales boss Sarah Rogers told VG247 today.

“Providing players with rich and rewarding gaming experiences is what we’re all about at NCsoft. This is a very significant year for us with some huge announcements.

“We’ll have a major presence at gamescom this year where we plan on stealing a few headlines.”

NCsoft is currently working on Guild Wars 2 for an unspecified release, and has thus far kept any further major projects in the dark.

Whatever the secrets, though, the MMO publisher will be thankful of new products. As reported in its financials today, first quarter sales stood ₩155.4 billion (€100.4 million), down 7 percent year-on-year and 2 percent quarter-over-quarter.

Net revenue was at ₩41 billion (€26.5 million), up 33 percent quarter-over-quarter but down 30 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

Aion and Lineage both saw decreases in revenue due to “soft sales promotions,” but Lineage II grew quarter-over-quarter thanks to increased marketing.

The Cologne-based gamescom runs from August 17-21 this year.

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